High quality information on the experiences of children and families affected by disabilities is limited.
When we do find useful new information – we will highlight on twitter and / or facebook.  Here is an example from Inclusion Scotland;

Destinations of Disabled School Leavers 2011/12

Background: Inclusion Scotland have carried out an analysis of School Leaver “destinations” for disabled children with identified Additional Support Needs (ASN) for the year 2011/121.  This follows earlier analysis carried out by Inclusion Scotland (2010)2 of disabled school leaver destinations for a cohort who left school in 2008/93. Positive destinations are considered to be Employment, Training or places in Further or Higher Education.  Negative destinations are unemployment & worklessness.

Main Findings:

  • School Leavers with Additional Support Needs were almost twice as likely to have negative outcomes as non-disabled young people.
  • One in six (17.2%) of those with ASN were unemployed/workless compared to one in 11 (8.9%) of those with no support needs.
  • Those children whose education was interrupted (31.2%); looked after children (28.5%) and those with emotional/behavioural/social problems (26.4%) were the most likely to be unemployed/workless.

Worklessness by Impairment Group

In terms of specific impairments all of the following impairment groups were more than twice as likely to be workless as school leavers with no ASN –

  • 23.9% of young people with a speech/language impairment were workless
  • 22.8% of Learning Disabled young people were workless
  • 20.5% of school leavers with a mental health issue were workless
  • 19.5% of school leavers with a physical or motor impairment were workless

There were also disproportionately high levels of worklessness amongst other impairment groups –

  • 15.5% of school leavers with a hearing impairment were workless
  • 15.4% of school leavers on the autistic spectrum were workless

We also suspect that there was a high level of worklessness amongst school leavers with a visual impairment but complete figures were not available for this group.

Positive Destinations? –

Higher Education: School leavers with Additional Support Needs were much less likely to be in Higher Education than those with no ASN. Only 15% of those with an ASN made it to University compared to over 40% with no ASN.

Only 16.3% of those with a physical or motor impairment managed to secure a university place despite having no identified learning difficulties.

People with a visual (22.2%) or hearing impairment (23.8%) were also under-represented amongst those going from school into Higher Education.

Thanks to Inclusion Scotland for this update.

We work with For Scotland’s Disabled Children,  who set up a diaries project for families and we have produced information and worked with others trying to bridge this gap.  We are keen to support research on experience of families.
Here are some other organisations involved;


The mission of IRISS is to promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge & research for service innovation & improvement.

Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education

CSIE is an independent organisation, based in Bristol, England promoting inclusive education as a basic human right of every child.

International perspective

For more information on an international perspective you may find some useful ideas and stories on the following websites

Helen Sanderson Associates is an international development, training and consultancy team. We work with people to change their lives, organisations and communities through person centred thinking and planning:http://www.helensandersonassociates.co.uk

Eddie Bartnet of Western Australia has developed models of Local Area Coordination and has influenced developments in Scotland since 1997. More information can be found by following this link: www.disability.wa.gov.au

Connie Lyle O’Brien of Responsive Systems Associates is based in the USA and her website has useful information and many useful links about inclusion: http://www.inclusion.com